A New Algorithm for Direct-Care Workers

Martin Bayne–who was briefly a Benedictine monk, then a Buddhist monk for 5 years–has been called an activist for “aging Boomers,” but one can say that he’s also an advocate for anyone who lives in an assisted living or “care” facility (he lives in an assisted living facility himself). His recent post describes “a new and simple algorithm that describes the challenges of upgrading our current institutional aging facilities — WHAT,” which illustrates that substandard wages for direct-care workers are “the biggest obstacle” to upgrading institutional aging facilities.

I really dislike that term, though: “institutional aging facilities.” It reminds me of “correctional facility.”

Excerpt:

The women of color that are the backbone of this country’s network of institutional aging facilities – many of them single parents – are denied a living wage. This creates a “revolving door” phenomenon that cripples moral[e] and destroys any sense of continuity for the residents. This cannot stand.

Human Potential: In most Institutional Aging Facilities, “activities” resemble the kinds of games and puzzles you’d find in a third-grade classroom. This reflects the ‘dumbing down’ of the American institutional aging resident. Worse, it reinforces the I AM experience of aging rather than the WE ARE. Read more HERE.

See also:

* Terry Gross’ interview with Martin Bayne for NPR.